Joe the plumber

Dat onnozele niet-verhaal over Joe the plumber?
Juist. De bijl erin.

Joe, with his fashionably shaved head, is a poster child not for would-be entrepreneurs and wealth creators but for the entitlement generations. Hard work, application, thrift? Give me a break! This is all about the redefinition of success as celebrity. With the self-assurance that comes not from actual accomplishment but from lessons in self-esteem in grade school, Joe puts himself forward and demands to know why someone is stepping on his fantasy life. Why should he, Mr. Big Time Businessman, have to pay for, well, whatever it is that taxes pay for? Why Me? is the pathetic question of a narcissist recoiling from a sudden, unaccustomed touch of reality.

En dat op het Britannica blog.

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